Vitamin D and Covid-19. The problem of misinformation

DSince the beginning of the pandemic, numerous studies related to the prevention or treatment of Covid-19 have been carried out and disseminated. Vitamin D, in particular, has been the subject of intense debate among experts, the media, and the population of various parts of the globe.

However, a BBC article, released this Monday, warns of the problem of misinformation regarding the role of vitamin. Misinformation, they say, can be created even in ideas that contain some background of truth.

According to the British broadcaster, the original study that had shown an alleged success of vitamin D against the new coronavirus did not respect important scientific criteria so that its results could be safely indicated to the population. This Spanish study has since been withdrawn by the publication and is now the subject of an investigation.

At the moment, another more rigorous study on the subject is being conducted in England.

That said, it is important to clarify that it is not unreasonable to suggest that vitamin D may be useful in the treatment or prevention of Covid-19. This is because the vitamin plays a role in immunity and is already recommended, for example, in the United Kingdom, where everyone should take the supplement in winter (with those at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency being advised to take it throughout the year). It is therefore understandable that the use of vitamin D to prevent Covid-19 has spread over the Internet.

However, this controversy has led many to accuse governments of ignoring the effectiveness of vitamin D and the World Health Organization (WHO) of being “paid for by the large pharmaceutical industry”. These arguments can, according to the BBC, be easily countered – starting with the fact that vitamins themselves are a very profitable industry.

Also Read: Vitamin D has several important functions. But does it help with weight loss?

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